today I bring you the horrid child which could, at some point, turn into the evil child or evolve into the evil (as in serial killer variety) adult. This is a real life example of what the child might look like, act like, talk like. For the sake of anonymity, no names will be used...
The child is younger than school age; she accompanies the mother everywhere. She does not listen when told to sit or stay or don’t touch. In fact, the child purposely tests the mother’s limits, reaching out to touch what is forbidden, listening to the mother’s empty warnings, then snatching whatever it is and darting away. The mother says, “Well you’d better sit there then.” And I think to myself, “Wow, you sure told her who was boss.”
The child has a full face, short full hair, and an evil smile. There is no doubt she knows she can pretty much do as she likes without consequence. She has already been an accomplice in the breaking of the dog’s leg and today she purposely steps on the dog’s tail. I am reminded of the statistics regarding children who abuse animals.
This is the child that listened when I said to leave the dog leashed but did as she liked as soon as my back was turned, while the mother looked on, and then (mere minutes later), the child is out the door and heading toward the parking lot. It's almost a shame she doesn't make it.
And I wonder what sort of monster she will turn into when she hits puberty.
Have you observed any characters lately?